Glacier break-off in the Dolomites: rescuers find backpacks and ice axes
Created: 07/07/2022, 12:25 p.m
By: Martina Lippl
Glacier break in the Dolomites: emergency services continue to search for missing people on the Marmolada.
© Daniele Paternoster
After the glacier broke in the Dolomites, the search for victims of the ice avalanche continues.
Emergency services are out with dogs at dawn.
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: Rescuers are constantly searching for victims of the Marmolada ice avalanche of July 3rd.
: the death toll has risen to nine.
Three people are still missing.
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Canazei – The rescuers in the Dolomites got back to work at dawn.
The emergency services at the site of the Marmolada disaster used dogs to search for traces that were not identified by drone and helicopter flights.
The glacier is unstable.
More ice blocks can come loose at any time - extreme caution is called for.
In the past few days it would have been too risky.
Ice axes and backpacks were found during the search operation.
This is reported by the Italian news agency Ansa, citing investigative sources.
"During the research, there were organic and technical material finds," said the province of Trento on Thursday morning.
The remains were recovered, transported downriver and are due to be analyzed.
The field operation began at 6:30 a.m. and ended at 9:15 a.m.
Glacier fall in the Dolomites – Tragedy of the Marmolada
Ice, boulders and rocks suddenly fell on Sunday (3 July) around 2 p.m. on the Marmolada glacier.
Experts suspect that a gigantic amount of meltwater must have formed under the glacier.
The pressure of the water between the ice and the rock turned out to be a "bomb", reports the Italian TV channel RAI.
This tremendous force lifted the ice and threw it down at a speed of 300 km/h.
The freezing point on the highest mountain in the Dolomites was over 3,000 meters for 25 days.
At 3,343 meters on Punta Penia, the values were over 10 degrees.
At the time of the collapse on July 3, it was 10.7 degrees.
Marmolada (Italian Marmolda): "The Queen of the Dolomites"
The Marmolada (3,343 meters) is the highest mountain in the Dolomites and part of the Marmolada group.
The Marmolada Glacier is one of the largest in the Italian Alps and is located on the north side of the Marmolada Group, in the provinces of Trento and Belluno.
Marmolada glacier rupture: Boulders and blocks of ice broke off near Punta Rocca on the ascent route to the summit on Sunday afternoon (July 3, 2022).
Several rope teams were in the area.
A view of the Marmolada glacier on July 7, 2022. © Daniele Paternoster/Province of Trento
Glacier break-off in the Dolomites – rescuers are constantly looking for victims of the Marmolada ice avalanche
Masses of ice, snow and debris killed several people on Sunday (July 3).
Eight people were injured, including a man (67) and a woman (58) from Germany.
They are in clinics in the province of Belluno.
Her health has continued to improve, the hospital operator announced on Wednesday evening.
Allesandra also survived the Marmolada tragedy, while her husband died.
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The authorities have officially confirmed nine fatalities so far.
Remains of two victims were found on Wednesday.
It is said to be a missing couple from Veneto, reports the Italian TV station Rai.
Four of the fatalities were identified by family members.
The victims, who have not yet been identified, probably come from the Czech Republic.
A corpse initially lacks clues.